Prefabricated Modular Home Additions can Save Time and Money Compared to Stick Building a Home Addition
By Mark J. Donovan
|A manufactured home addition can dramatically speed up your home remodeling project and reduce interruptions to your family’s lifestyle, particularly if they plan to stay in the home while the work is being done. Unlike traditional home construction projects, with manufactured home additions much of the work is done offsite. As a result, you can save money and hassles due to the fact that the construction crews will spend less time at your home site.
Also, unlike in years past, modular home additions are constructed on par or even better than today’s stick built homes and home additions.
Part of the reason for this is the fact that the manufactured home addition has to survive the transportation to the job site, which necessitates additional structural integrity not always found in today’s stick built construction.
Manufactured home additions are available in two basic types, ones that connect onto the side of your home and others that connect on top of your home to create two story homes.
Most of them center around safety. For example, handrails will need to be included in the bathtub/shower, and doors and any hallways should be designed larger than standard size to support wheel chairs or scooters. In addition, the exterior of the in-law addition may need to have a ramp to enter it. A small elevator lift may also be required in some cases.
|Prior to building an in-law suite it is a wise idea to first meet with your local building inspector. The inspector can make sure there are no restrictions that would prevent you from building one. For example, he/she could confirm that your lot size could support the addition, and/or make you aware of any easements, or zoning laws that would prevent you from building one. Also, if you have a private septic system, the inspector, could determine if you may need to enlarge it to support the additional bedroom.
If the building inspector gives you the green light, then next consider meeting with an architect.
Before moving forward on a home addition project it is important to first check to see if you legally can. Take a look at your property plot plans and visit your local building inspector and/or zoning officer to see if there are any issues with you building a home addition. Also, if you are part of a homeowners association make sure to check with them too. Make sure there are no deed restrictions, covenants or easements that will prevent you from building a home addition onto your home. Also, you’ll need to find out whether or not you’ll need to bring the rest of your home up to various code standards, e.g. fire code, if you attach an addition onto your home. In addition, there could be separate issues if you are going to build a free standing room addition that doesn’t directly attach to your home. If you have a septic system on your property you may also be limited to where you can put the home addition. Moreover if the home addition is to be a bedroom you may need to have the septic system modified to support the additional bedroom.
|Prior to actually signing a contract with a home addition manufacturer or building contractor it is important that you have your finances in order first. For example, you may be paying a portion of the construction in cash and need to obtain financing for the rest. Make sure you are approved for financing before signing a contract with a home addition manufacturer or contractor.
Once you’ve got the approvals for building a home addition and the financing in place, you can then begin the real work in earnest.
Work with home addition manufacturers or modular home builders to develop a set of construction plans that meet your family’s needs. Once the plans are nailed down you can then obtain accurate costs and pricing for your modular home addition.
Make sure when visiting modular home addition manufacturers to bring plenty of photos of both the outside and inside of your home. Also have dimensions of the home as well. With this information they can more quickly and accurately to develop a set of plans to match your needs. Also, when you’ve narrowed down your list of prospective home addition manufacturers insist that they come out to your home to view it in person. This way you can prevent unnecessary mistakes in your home addition’s plans and construction.When constructing a modular home addition it is advisable to use a general contractor to oversee and manage all of the onsite work. With home addition construction projects there are always surprises and issues that come up. An experienced general contractor will be able to anticipate many of these surprises in advance and will have proven ways to address them quickly and cost effectively, and most importantly, with no frustration and aggravation to you.
The general contractor will also hire all the necessary subcontractors to perform the electrical, plumbing and other items that will need to be done to marry the modular home addition to the existing home. See my Home Addition Bid Sheets to learn how to hire a general contractor.
So if you are contemplating a home addition project its worth visiting a modular home addition manufacturer and comparing their offerings to the traditional stick built home addition route. You may well fine that a modular home addition is the best solution for you and your family.
For more help on building a home addition, see HomeAdditionPlus.com’s Home Addition Bid Sheets. Our Home Addition Bid Sheets provide you with the knowledge and information on how to plan a home building project, and what to look for when hiring contractors. They also include detailed cost breakdown tables and spreadsheets for estimating your own new home construction building costs.